Pan Seared Steak

February 28, 2008

OK, this was great! You know how I told you I bought a “managers special” steak at Kroger the other day? Well, I cooked it last night following Mrs. T’s directions. All I can say is WOW! This was about as easy as it comes! I never know what the night is going to bring as a bachelor, so thawing out food can kind of be hard. Luckily I had put this steak in the refrigerator on Monday and found myself hungry last night (wed). Firing up the grill was not an option since it is very cold outside. A perfect time to try the pan seared recipe. Here is what Mrs. T recommended…

How do you like it cooked? This is for medium rare-ish:
I would peal back the plastic after the steak is thawed, leaving it in the styrofoam thingie. pour a little olive oil on the steak, enough to coat it, fresh ground black pepper, salt ( we use Kosher salt or if you have one of those salt grinders like Jill has). Flip the steak over and coat the other side with olive oil, salt, pepper. Heat up your pan, nice and hot (like over medium high). Put your steak in. Leave it for 2 minutes. Don’t peek at it… just leave it. When your timer goes off, flip the steak. Leave it for 3 minutes. (You leave it a little longer on the second side because the pan will lose some of it’s heat) Don’t peak, leave it! When the timer goes off, move the steak to your cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes. (You want it to rest so the muscles relax, making it tender and juicy!) EAT IT! Yum!

Not bad for a $4.00 T-bone steak!

(Yes Mrs. T, I am sorry I did not cook up some veggies to go along with this.)

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A drying rack!

February 28, 2008

So my drying rack showed up today. I really don’t know what to say about it. The only interesting thing is UPS said it weighs 40 lbs. I call BS on that! Here it is assembled…

Does that look like 40 lbs to you?!?!

Sorry this post is not more exciting, but hey, it’s a freaking drying rack!

Update 3/17/08 – I have now been using this drying rack for a little over a month. The more and more I use it, I find out how great it really is. There are plenty of rods to hang lot of clothes. The easy folding design makes for easy storage when I am done. I highly recommend it! Here is the LINK on Amazon.

Lunch Meeting

February 27, 2008

I love lunch meetings! We were going to have 50 people show of for a meeting today and only 36 showed up. That means lots of free lunches for me. I first grabbed a chicken salad sandwich box lunch. It was awesome! Check out the little tomatoes on it. It also had a nice amount of walnuts mixed in. I quickly ate the sandwich and pasta salad. A fresh brownie was the perfect ending to a great box lunch. I wonder how many lunches will be left over? I might be eating very well at work for a couple days!

First Arrival

February 26, 2008

My shipment for the washer and dryer were split into multiple shipments. My first box arrived yesterday, it was the Wonder Washer. Here it is as I unpack it…

After unpacking it I realized how small it really is. I started putting various clothes combinations in to see what it could hold. Here is what I came up with.

1 pair jeans or

2 pair of slacks or

3 long sleeve button down shirts or

4-5 tee shirts or

Lots of socks

Not too bad. Once my dryer shows up I will be able to put these two machines to use! I can’t wait to give them a try!

Drau Stew

February 25, 2008

Yes, I know it is kind of a strange name for a dish, but I was not disappointed. The Drau sent this to with the heading “Dude…this is SO easy!” She was absolutely right! This was about as easy as they come. Here it is…

Dude….this is SO easy and just gets better with age….makes lots and it freezes REALLY well.

2 (two) jars of your choice of pasta sauce. I recommend Classico Mushroom/Black Olives and Garlic/Basil

Stew Chunks (Pork or Beef….you can get Beef already chopped up so yay easy)

1 (one) or 2 (two) carrots, chopped

As many potatoes as you want, chopped

one decent sized clove of garlic (or garlic powder if you prefer)

as much onion as you want (or you could substitute onion powder/salt)

Mushrooms (couple of those small cans will work)

2 Bay Leaves

Oregano

Black pepper (to taste)

Salt (seasoned salt is awesome but regular will do…to taste)

Dump contents of pasta sauce into pot. Add enough water for the consistancy you like….more water if you like it more soupy, less if you like thick. Oh yeah….brown meat before adding it to the sauce. This speeds up the cooking time. Add veggies and spices. Heat to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and cover. Cook until potatos and carrots are cooked. Serve with bread of choice for tasty dunking and enjoy.

If you kept the now empty pasta jars you can freeze your left overs in this. Otherwise, use whatever you prefer. Reheats easily and just gets better and better. Yum!

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This stew can be changed into many different kinds of stew. You can substitute various ingredients to change the taste. For my first attempt I tried to stay as close to the original recipe as I could. I went the beef chunks that that are precut in the meat department. The potatoes I had a little trouble with. The Drau recommended using red potatoes. I just could not find any at Kroger. I ended up just getting regular potatoes. As I was leaving the produce section I found the red potatoes. Too late, I did not want to unpack the potatoes I just picked up. Next dilemma was the pasta sauce. The two recommended Classico sauces were sold out. I ended up getting Kroger brand mushroom and Kroger brand tomato with basil. These worked just fine. I also should have called my friend that owns a restaurant and asked to get two bay leaves. I bought a whole box of bay leaves! Luckily they can last for about a year. For the pricing I only put down 25 cents for the bay leaves because I now have a lot for other recipes. Here is the pricing…

Pasta Sauce 2 jars for $2.06

Stew Chunks (beef) $5.38

Carrots $0.35

Potatoes $1.62

Garlic $0.50

Onion $0.46

Mushrooms $1.25

Bay Leaves $.25

Grand Total $11.87

One big benefit with this dish is the lack of having to clean a lot of dishes after cooking. I only used a cutting board, knife, peeler, frying pan, spoon, and a large pot. I took her advice and browned the meat first. Here is the meat browning…

Here are the rest of the ingredients in the pot…

And here is the finished product!

The quantity is incredible! You can really make a lot of this. I have frozen some to see how it is in a few weeks. Thanks Little Drau for sending this to me! It was great!!!

Ordered!

February 22, 2008

I went ahead and ordered a Wonder Washer, Spin Dryer, and a Drying Rack. It was a little more than I wanted to spend. The shipping is what really added up. Here is the breakdown…

Spin Dryer $69.95

SH $12.31

Washer $36.95

SH $19.40

Rack $29.99

SH Free

Grand Total $168.60

Definitely more than I wanted to spend! Oh well, at least now I will be able to do laundry at home! As soon as they arrive I will put together a few reviews for everyone. Stay tuned!

I was taking a look at TasteSpotting today during my lunch break and something jumped out at me. I saw a very nice picture of a bowl of tomato soup. The caption said “Tomato soup with a twist.” I had to see what the twist was. I clicked on the photo and ended up on a blog called “Running with Tweezers.” Sure enough there was the recipe for a different kind of tomato soup. The twist…….GIN!! I am not sure I am going to give this a try, but it sounds great. Most of the recipes on her blog are above my skill level. Someday maybe I will be able to cook like that!

Pan Seared Steak

February 21, 2008

At the Kroger I shop at they have a “Manager Specials” section in the meat department. These meats are getting close to expiring. You can find some wonderful deal in this section. The other day I found a T-Bone steak for $4.00. I knew I would not be able to eat it for a few days so I repackaged it and put it in the freezer. I think this weekend will be a good time to pull it out and pan sear it. Mrs. T sent me some good ideas on how to spice it up a little. I decided to pan sear it instead of firing up the grill for just one steak. If I had a gas grill that would be a different story. Charcoal is just too much of a hassle. So anyway, I am looking forward to a nice steak dinner this weekend!

Mini Popcorn Bags

February 20, 2008

Orville Redenbacher now has mini bags of microwave popcorn. This is perfect for someone like me. The regular bags are just too big. These mini bags are a great size for one person. An extra plus is that the mini bags only taken 1.5 minutes to microwave. I have also found that there are a lot less unpopped kernels left in the bag.

(Looks like it is time to clean my microwave!)

Laundry Alternative

February 20, 2008

Laundry can be a real pain. For years I have been going to the local Laundromat. I try to go once a week. I really don’t mind going that much, it is just more of a headache setting the time aside. I think I am going to order one of these mini washers from Amazon.

What do you think? Do you think it will work? It only does a very very small load. That’s fine for me. I can sit a home and watch TV or cook dinner. It only costs $36.95 plus $19.40 shipping. This machine only washes the clothes. What about drying? I am also thinking about ordering one of these.

This is not a full dryer. It only spins the clothes to remove water. They still come out damp. I will have to hang them up to dry. For only $69.95 plus $12.31 shipping, I think it is worth it. I think between the two machines this might work. I am going to give it a couple more days before I order them to think about it.